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The Parable of the Innertube

Updated on May 2, 2021
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Demas is a professional author and freelancer. He published and edited two newspapers. Writing, for him, is just a way of sharing.

The Soul And The Body

Even today some tires have innertubes, a tube inside the tire which can be repaired to keep the tire running on the road, even after the tire itself is punctured, and would otherwise fail.

Man's soul is much like his own innertube.

Man's body can defile himself, and left to itself in life's journey could fail him spiritually, but for his inner soul.

Most men fail spiritually and fall far short of the glory of God.

What his soul does then is to act as his conscience to urge him to repair, to repent of his shortcomings, as it were to renew him on his journey, with his hope renewed.

Will he then fail again?

And, if he does, how many times can he be renewed?

A typical, good innertube on a bicycle can be patched and repaired several times.

A disciple of Jesus Christ once asked him how many times he should forgive someone who offends him. Jesus said to forgive him not just once, but to forgive him seventy times seven.

With that as a minimum, can it be that God can forgive a man who offends his own soul seventy times seven?

If a man live to be an hundred years old, might he offend God 490 times, or more?

Some clearly have done so even more times than that. But, if a man truly repents, and tries to move on renewed again, even then he may fail again, and again.

Christ himself died for the immortality and eternal life of all men, regardless of their sinful natures, weaknesses, and rebelliousness.

Men's souls wish to be whole again. Repentance allows a man's soul to repair and to start their life's journey anew.

Some of God's children despair of ever returning to the love of God. Some abandon hope at their first failing to live as their conscience warns them they should live.

God is everlasting. God is love. His love is everlasting, reaching down to lift the fallen, and the despairing, on the sole condition of repentance, the acknowledgement that they have failed, and even that they have failed again.

Christ's atonement for men's sins covered a multitude of sins far beyond our comprehension.

The Bible says that there is only one unforgivable sin. That sin is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.

For all others, man's soul is apparently repairable 490 times, or more.

We all fail as mortals to measure up anywhere close to the glory of God, and that is why He gave us the gift of His only begotten son, that we might be saved on the condition of sincere repentance each and every time we fall, but choose to rise again.

That is how we repair our innertube, and life's journey beckons once again.

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Even castles are built just one stone at a time. What will you build with your life? Go for it!

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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The castle photo has been added today. View and ponder. "A man's home is his castle." A king's wife should be treated as his queen.

      Yes, that is a G on the mountain, representing Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA. The castle, however, is in the adjoining town of Lindon, Utah which calls itself "A little bit of country." Albeit with a castle!

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      Kathy Henderson 

      14 months ago from Pa

      Demas -

      That picture definitely has a story for you to share.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      No, seriously. I will drive over tomorrow and photograph her castle. Perhaps I will even do a Hub about it. But note: she doesn't have long, long, long hair to let down. The structure in that photo was just a sentry post gate.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Demas that is a joke.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Kathy, That photo was a recent spring here in Lindon, Utah in front of an actual castle a friend built for the wife he treats like a queen. It is found on 400 North.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      14 months ago from Pa

      Demas -

      I love this intertube analogy, and the picture in your article is beautiful. Where is the picture taken? It looks like a nice place to visit.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      There IS nothing better to do than repenting, when repenting is called for, and righting any wrongs done to others falls in that category.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done, a fine lesson. "If you don't have anything better to do, spend some time repenting, you'll be glad you did".

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      Ann Carr 

      14 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Demas. You too.

      Ann

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Inspired yesterday, and written today. God bless, and may the blessings of His life be yours today, and always. Demas

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      Ann Carr 

      14 months ago from SW England

      Great analogy!

      Ann

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